John Lewis broke the £100m weekly sales barrier for the first time this year as sales rose 7.2% year-on-year and shoppers geared up for Christmas.

Sales reached £108.8m and the strong week of sales helped John Lewis match its 2013 record for the earliest week to have reached the £100m milestone.

Online sales were up 15% compared with last year, while lighting recorded its best ever sales week as it surged 10.4% year-on-year.

John Lewis reports customers were focused on giving their homes a pre-Christmas makeover in order to be ready for an influx of guests as sales of furniture and home entertaining jumped.

Guest beds and bedlinen were particularly strong performers with a 50% and 11% year-on-year rise respectively.

John Lewis director of retail operations development Simon Russell reported designer brands had performed particularly well.

He added: “This is particularly pleasing, reinforcing John Lewis as the destination for both design-led and practical home interiors.

“Planning for additional guests over the festive period appears well under way this week. Sales were also helped by customers coming into shops for our Countdown to Christmas weekend. Our Never Knowingly Undersold promise also came into force as we matched a competitor’s promotion.”